CURRENCIES: Dollar Extends Gains; Pound Wobbles As Scots Go To Polls

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar pushed higher across the board, hitting a fresh six-year high against the yen in Asia, while the British pound found trading choppy as polling opened in Scotland for the closely ...

New Zealand GDP Beats Expectations But Dairy Weighs

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand's economy continued to expand in the second quarter but the pace of growth slowed as agriculture, forestry and mining output eased. Gross domestic product rose 0.7% on the quarter in the three months ...

China PBOC Cuts 14-Day Repo Rate to 3.50%

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

SHANGHAI--China's central bank cut its 14-day repurchase agreement rate offered Thursday by 20 basis points, guiding market rates lower, after it kept the rate at 3.70% since it resumed offering the 14-day tool late July. "It's the central bank's alternative ...

Sweden Raises Estimate of Second-Quarter Growth

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Charles Duxbury STOCKHOLM--Sweden bumped up its estimate for second-quarter growth Thursday, saying higher domestic consumption and fixed investments helped the economy to expand more than previously thought. Sweden's statistics agency said gross domestic product rose 0.7% on the quarter, ...

Russian Economy Minister Sees Growth Inching Up in Rest of 2014

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Alexander Kolyandr MOSCOW--Russia economy minister expects the country's economy to grow by between 0.1% and 0.2% in the remaining months of 2014. Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting Thursday Alexei Ulyukayev said Russia's economy added 0.7% in the first ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Extends Gains; Pound Choppy As Scots Go To Polls

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar pushed higher across the board, hitting a fresh six-year high against the yen, while the British pound found trading choppy as polling opened in Scotland for the closely watched referendum ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Gain; Jobless Claims Drop

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures were modestly higher on Thursday, as investors cheered China's efforts to boost economic growth as wells as upbeat jobs data. However, weakness in U.S. housing may ...

ASX Offers to Buy 49% Stake in Yieldbroker

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Robb M. Stewart MELBOURNE, Australia--Australia's main securities exchange will join a host of banks as an investor in specialist electronic-markets company Yieldbroker, offering to buy a 49% stake for 65 million Australian dollars (US$58 million). ASX Ltd.'s planned shareholding ...

Markets Range-Bound as Scottish Referendum Eyed

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

European shares tentatively tracked gains on Wall Street on Thursday, but all eyes rested on the Scottish referendum, keeping moves in both currency and stock markets range-bound. In early trade, the Stoxx Europe 600 added 0.3%, while Germany's DAX and ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Extends Gains; Pound Choppy As Scots Go To Polls

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar pushed higher across the board, hitting a fresh six-year high against the yen, while the British pound found trading choppy as polling opened in Scotland for the closely watched referendum ...

LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Flat As Scots Head To The Polls

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- London's benchmark stock index stuck to the flat line on Thursday, with investors not surprisingly sittingon the sidelines ahead of the outcome of the Scottish referendum as voters headed to the polls. The ...

Sweden's GDP increased 2.6 percent in second quarter 2014

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

Press release from Statistics Sweden 2014-09-18 9:30 AM Nr 2014:482 National accounts, 2nd quarter 2014: Sweden's GDP increased 2.6 percent in second quarter 2014 Sweden's GDP increased 2.6 percent in the second quarter 2014, working-day adjusted and compared with the ...

Canadian Investors Add C$9.67 Billion in Foreign Securities in July

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Paul Vieira OTTAWA--Canadian investors in July made their biggest investment in foreign securities in over seven years, while foreigners added Canadian equities and corporate debt to their holdings after a selloff in the previous month, Statistics Canada said Thursday. ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Fell 36K Last Week

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Jonathan House and Josh Mitchell WASHINGTON-The number of new applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to near post-recession lows, the latest indication layoffs are trending sharply lower amid generally improving economic conditions. Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell ...

Brazil to Extend Affordable-Housing Program

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Paulo Trevisani BRASILIA--Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega said late Wednesday that the government will extend its massive affordable-housing program. Mr. Mantega said that the program, known as My House, My Life, will be expanded by 350,000 units in early ...

Connecticut Gov. Malloy Releases Tax Returns

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Joseph De Avila Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and his wife, Catherine Malloy, owed $65,897 in federal taxes for 2013 on total income of $305,534, according to returns released by his re-election campaign Wednesday. Mr. Malloy, a Democrat, earns $150,000 ...

Swiss August Exports Slip

TODAY: Sept. 18, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

ZURICH--Weaker European demand for Switzerland's pharmaceuticals and chemicals, precision instruments and watches, as well as one work day less, eroded export growth in August. Exports in August fell 3.4% year over year in real terms adjusted for inflation to 14.86 ...